Molly Freedenberg

Mazel Tov! Shmaltz celebrates Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah during Beer Week

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I didn't have a Bat Mitzvah when I turned 13, but if I had, I would've wanted it to be just like the one Shmaltz Brewing Company threw for its newest Jewbelation ale last night at Amnesia. (And yes, I just said that I wish my 13th birthday party had been at a bar.) The event, which replaced the spot's regular Tuesday program of open mic and Rock'n'Schlock karaoke in honor of SF Beer Week, was hilarious, fun, and exactly as tongue-in-cheek as you'd expect from a brewing company whose first beer (He'Brew) was the result of an inside joke between founder (and Bay Area native) Jeremy Cowen and his high school friends. Read more »

Hot sex events this week: Feb 3-9

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Remember late Juliet Anderson, the adult film star and producer known for starting her career at age 39 and appearing in more than 70 films during the "golden age of porn" this Saturday.

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>> Hubba Hubba Revue stage-play
It's so meta! Hubba Hubba presents a scripted play about staging a burlesque show, starring Wiggy Darlington, Sid Scenic, Bunny Pistol, McPuzo & Trotsky, Pin Key Lee, Miss Information, Zip the What-Is-It, and Kingfish and Eddie.

Thurs/4, 7pm
$15.50
Cobbs Comedy Club
915 Columbus, SF
www. hubbahubbarevue.com

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>> Juliet Anderson Memorial Gathering for Friends and Fans
Celebrate the late sex goddess known as Aunt Peg, who entered the adult industry during its Golden Age. The event will feature a clipshow with images of Anderson and a chance to bring written memories about her.

Thurs/4, 7pm
Free
Center for Sex and Culture
1519 Mission, SF
www.sexandculture.org

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XXX-rated bondage dinner
Every first Friday, supperclub hosts this nicely naughty party with Stormy Leather and sexploration with Monika.

Fri/5, 7pm
$65
Supperclub
657 Harrison, SF
(415) 348-0900
www.supperclub.com

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Good vibes

G-SPOT: Giving the gift of bodywork for individuals and couples

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Many people consider massage a luxury, a kind of pampering or relaxation that is lovely but unnecessary. But done right, massage — or any kind of bodywork — is actually an integral part of overall well-being. A powerful tool to balance the body physically, mentally, and spiritually, bodywork is an act of self-love. And what better time to express love of any kind than Valentine's Day? Whether you want to honor yourself, your partner, or your coupledom, now is the perfect moment to tend to your somatic needs. Read more »

The new Amber: Can you go home again?

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We're not at Amber anymore. Photo by Darwin Bell

Blame it on "Fringe," but I've been thinking a lot about alternate realities lately - you know, the possibility that there's a parallel universe a lot, but not quite exactly, like this one. Perhaps there's still a Molly Freedenberg, but in the alternate reality, she's a doctor, not a writer. Or San Francisco is a mecca for conservatives. Or Amber is a non-smoking cocktail lounge.

Oh wait. This last one, as of January 16, is true. And a parallel universe is exactly what I felt like I was in when I visited the bar on 14th and Church that's served for three years as my living room, my last stop, my birthday party venue, and, not insignificantly, one of the last pieces of proof I could hold on to that smoking is cool, cosmopolitan, and bohemian, and not simply insane and self-destructive.

The strange thing about the new Amber, now called the Residence, is the way it still refers to its past incarnation. The seating is arranged the same way in the room, though it's now leather and whicker, rather than wood and '80s upholstery. The bar's in the same place, though the countertops are sanded down and stacked bottles of Stoli have been replaced by Grey Goose and St. Germain's on dark wood shelves (with mirrors behind them)! The bartenders are the same, but Phil wore a black shirt and tie rather than his green '70s jacket. Even the bathrooms are in the same place, but now sport floral and striped wallpaper. It felt like some kind of de ja vus. Something about this place is eerily familiar, but I know I haven't been here before.

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Hot sex events this week: Dec 30-Jan 5

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Explore sensual intimacy at the Sacred Temple in Sebastopol this weekend.

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>> NYE with Carmen Milagro Band and Hot Pink Feathers
Celebrate the new year with a bit of burlesque to benefit the Mission Language and Vocational School and Culinary Academy.

Thurs, 8pm
$20 for show, $68 includes dinner
Florida Street Cafe
710 Florida, SF
www.partyatfloridastreetcafe.comfirst

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Eleventh-hour shopping

The Guardian's last-minute gift guide

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Some years, you've got it all together. You finished your holiday shopping by Thanksgiving, decorated your tree before most people got around to buying one, and finished the prep for your Christmas Eve dinner a full 12 hours before you needed to start cooking. But this is not that year. Whatever the reason — extra-long hours at work (or perhaps extra-tall glasses of nog) — the holidays seem to have crept up on you this season. Now you're only days away from the big gift-exchange bonanza and you have yet to acquire anything to give. Don't fret! Read more »

Hot sex events this week: Dec 9-15

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The Twilight Vixen Revue, shown here at last year's Hubba Hubba Revue Christmas special, will make an appearance at Friday's Chrismanukkah show.

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>> International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Annie Sprinkle and Kimberly Kline host a rememberance ritual at Femina Potens before leading a solidarity stroll down Market to the St. Read more »

Hot sex events this week: Dec 9-15

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Celebrate the 2010 Bare Chest Calendar with hotties like cover model John Lopez at Powerhouse this weekend.

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>> Barbary Coast Burlesque
For the last show at Annie's, BCB will pull out all the stops to raise funds to help Satan's Angel with her medical bills, including performances by Cock T's, Dottie Lux, Balla Fire, the Devil-Ettes, and more.

Wed/9, 8pm
$5
Annie's Social Club
917 Fo
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Hot sex events this week: Dec 2-8

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Fetish star Rubber Doll performs at Saturday's Von Gutenberg Fetish Ball.

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>> Intro to Burlesquercise Mini-Session
Bombshell Betty hosts a three week course including the bump-and-grind warmup and workout, lessons in how to create your own retro style dance moves, how to work a boa and twirl tassels, and more.

Wed/2, 7-8:30pm. Read more »

‘Tis the season to be Jewy

Holiday Guide: Resources for Yids who aren’t feeling the yuletide
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December’s not an easy time to be Jewish. Semites are surrounded by cultural references that have nothing to do with them. Gentiles assume that anyone of Jewish heritage cares to celebrate Hanukkah (many don’t) and that it’s as important a holiday to Jews as Christmas is to Christians (it’s not). Half-pint Heebs must watch their peers get heaped with expensive gifts or swept away to elaborate family gatherings during school vacations while they sit at home with eight days worth of chocolate coins and nothing to do. Read more »